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An open letter to Muril Clift 

You volunteered for the difficult job of campaigning to be our new county supervisor for District 2. I am grateful for your generous time and effort. You labored against big money and those who seem to have an indifferent attitude toward us who live near the poverty line. Most importantly, you showed up on time, every time, and listened to our concerns.

Under the circumstances, isn’t it marvelous how your determination was energized by a quickly gathered handful of committed citizens, and, with little money, attracted one third of the vote? Every vote was a victory and a message to your opponent. You and each of us who participated should feel virtuous. We are all winners because we gave our best. Thank you for being a helpful example of how to work together. I admire your loyalty to staff and supporters. I’m sure we’ll call on you often for advice.

Whatever lessons of benefit were derived from even the briefest contacts as we moved among ourselves and neighbors, only time will reveal. But be assured, each of us who was a part of one beating heart of hope will benefit beyond measure from this experience. You are my hero.

-- Sylvia Howell Kneller - Cuesta-by-the-Sea

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